The Burrowers (2008) Movie Review

The Burrowers (2008)

2008 | R | Horror, Thriller, Western
96 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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The Burrowers Review


In the Wild West a rescue party sets out to find a family of settlers that has vanished from their home under mysterious circumstances.

The Burrowers (2008) is a 1h 36-min rated R American Western thriller-horror film that was based on director J. T. Petty‘s 2009 original short film titled Blood Red Earth. Director and writer J.T. Petty (all¬†writing credits--¬†Hellbenders (2012), Batman Begins (2005), Mimic: Sentinel (2003)) did a wonderful job shooting The Burrowers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and giving us some pretty intense moments. The movie contains extreme violence that might be disturbing to some viewers as well as the message that it sends out.

The Burrowers was set in 1879 where Henry and his crew/group searches for Indians/Native Americans that may have attacked William Parcher and Maryanne Stewart and kill them. Henry Victor (Doug Hutchison - The Green Mile (1999), I Am Sam (2001), Punisher: War Zone (2008), Con Air (1997)) did not have much of a lead as Henry and Maryanne had strange cut marks. The group splits from each other to discover more bodies along the way and a beast that they cannot comprehend as it is something that any human has never seen.

We see the group mostly traveling the plains and fighting Indians while searching for the lost family. It is crazy to see that there is a creature that kills people on the loose and Henry and his group and the Indians/Native American are busy fighting each other instead of fighting the creature known as the Burrower. It would have been nice to see more of the monster and monster action than human on the human action because The Burrowers is supposed to be a horror film. It is bizarre, but the movie tells me that we should be afraid of humankind instead of monsters or what is in the dark so who is the true/real monster?

I applaud the cinematographer for giving us some beautiful shots and making us feel the Western movie - it felt like a western movie and not just another average film. The creatures and special FX were on point. Fans who would like to see the animal/creature will have to wait for the third act to see some cool creature/monster action but the negative is that they were not realistic as their movement was too puppet-like.

About The Burrowers (2008)

Title: The Burrowers
Year: 2008
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Western
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 9 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Clancy Brown, Bonnie Morgan, William Mapother, David Midthunder, Jocelin Donahue, Brighid Fleming, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jon Kristian Moore, Anthony Parker, Chris Grabher, Robert Ri'chard, Stephanie Marie Delgado, Karl Geary, Doug Hutchison, Galen Hutchison, Tatanka Means, Cole Resch, R.J. Rice, Seri DeYoung, Trip Davis, Hannah Rodananta, David Busse, Alexandra Edmo, Christopher Hagen, Laura Leighton, Harley Coriz, Suzi McLaughlin
Writers: J.T. Petty
Director: J.T. Petty

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